True to form, the liberal media, as well as secular bloggers, are puffing the story of Ted Haggard’s downfall.
How significant is this scandal? Well, it’s significant to Haggard. It’s significant to the members of his family. It’s significant to his personal friends. And it’s significant to the members of his megachurch.
Beyond that, it’s of absolutely no objective significance whatsoever.
Haggard is not the pope. The NAE is not the Magisterium. And New Life Church is not the Vatican.
Pundits make a big deal about the fact that he was, just before his resignation, president of the “30-million” member NAE.
Honestly, folks, how many Evangelicals pay the slightest attention to the NAE? Do you go to the NAE website for moral and theological guidance?
Did you ever vote for Haggard? I know I didn’t.
He’s completely irrelevant to my life, and I daresay he’s completely irrelevant to yours as well.
Haggard is not my pastor. Or elected representative.
As a graduate of ORU, Haggard is hardly the first guy I’d turn to for theological advice.
As a Christian, I only have one representative, and that’s the Lord Jesus Christ.
The downfall of Haggard is only significant if we allow the enemies of the gospel and the chattering classes to assign it a wholly artificial significance and foist that upon the rest of us. If we permit them to redefine us.
The media is addicted to the cult of celebrity and the cult of personality. And they are welcome to their infatuations and soap opera scandals.
But don’t try to impose your silly values on me.
Haggard is simply someone who’s well-known for being well-known. Haggard’s inner demons are no more important than J-Lo’s love-life.
Save it for the National Inquirer, alongside the three-headed baby, alien abductee, weeping Madonna, and Elvis-sighting du jour.